Bill Summary for H 511 (2017-2018)

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Apr 19 2017

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View NCGA Bill Details2017-2018 Session
House Bill 511 (Public) Filed Tuesday, March 28, 2017
AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS TO OPERATE "GAME NIGHTS," TO PROVIDE FOR THE REGULATION OF NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS HOLDING "GAME NIGHTS," AND TO ALLOW THE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AT "GAME NIGHTS," TO INCREASE THE ABILITY OF NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS TO HOLD FUND-RAISING RAFFLES AND TO AUTHORIZE REISSUANCE OF CERTAIN ONE-TIME ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL COMMISSION PERMITS.
Intro. by Boles, Lucas, Saine, Floyd.

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House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.

Makes changes to new Part 4, Game Nights, of Article 37 of GS Chapter 37 as follows.

Makes clarification to the definition of game night in GS 14-309.25 to specify that games of chance are played and prizes are awarded by raffle at the event.

Makes clarification in GS 14-306.26 to provide that it is lawful for persons to participate in a game night conducted pursuant to new Part 4. Further specifies that the person applying on behalf of the exempt organization and who is responsible for the event, as indicated in GS 14-309.27(b)(2), is guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor if the exempt organization conducts a game night in violation of any provision of new Part 4.

Reduces the proposed permit fee set out in GS 14-309.27 from $250 to $100. Adds a new requirement that the permit must be displayed at the event, and establishes that a qualified facility is not subject to civil or criminal liability for violating Part 4 if the exempt organization provides the facility with a permit for the game night event.

Amends the limitations provided for game night events in GS 14-309.28, prohibiting the operation of game night events on Sunday during the hours of 2:00AM and 2:00PM. Modifies GS 14-309.29 to increase the allowed cost of prizes and expenses to operate the game night event from no more than 50% of the proceeds derived from the event to no more than the proceeds derived from the event. Adds that if an exempt organization hires a game night vendor for the event, the fee must be fixed.

Adds to the authorized games that can be played at a game night event set forth in GS 14-309.30, also allowing any other games specified in the permit application and approved by ALE.

Adds to GS 14-309.34 to provide that the statute does not prohibit a private individual from holding a game night event at a private residence, as long as there is no cost or charge to the attendees. Provides that the event, and the other previously specified events in proposed GS 14-309.34, can be held in venues without licenses to serve alcohol. 

Makes clarifying changes to proposed GS 18B-1000(5a), defining qualified facility

Deletes proposed GS 18B-1010 (Simulated game night allowed at qualified facilities).

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